Aug. 04, 2023

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A Great National Night Out in the 87th District

My team and I were out across the district for National Night out on Tuesday. We had a great time chatting with constituents and hearing their stories at South Middleton, Silver Spring and Upper Allen townships. Thank you, first responders for all you do and sacrifice to keep our communities safe!

Learn More About CPR, AED Training with Peyton Walker Foundation

While at National Night Out, I saw Julie and the folks at Peyton Walker Foundation. They had great information about critical, lifesaving measures at their booth. You never know when you might need to know CPR or how to use an AED. For training opportunities, visit CPR & AED Training | Peyton Walker Foundation.

Catching Up with Volunteers at Speranza Animal Rescue

It’s always great to see and catch up with the incredible team at Speranza Animal Rescue. Based on a 17-acre farm in Monroe Township, their volunteers work tirelessly to intervene and save some of the most neglected animals in the Commonwealth. To learn more about this local animal rescue, please click here.

Tagging along with Speranza, was the famous Libre! The namesake of Libre’s Law, this Pennsylvania statute requires no dog can be tethered for more than 9 hours in a 24-hour period. The animal must also have water and shade available and cannot spend more than 30 minutes in temperatures above 90 degrees or under 30 degrees. Libre is a great spokesdog for pets everywhere!

Document Shredding Event This Saturday

Talking Student Success, Dual Enrollment with PACCC

This week, the PA Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) published a legislator’s spotlight article delving into my legislative priorities, passion for student success, dual enrollment programs and more. I appreciate the opportunity to share my story, and I am energized to continue fighting for student success.

To read the article, please click here.

Free Help Available to PA Small Businesses

Pennsylvania has 15 Small Business Development Centers that provide free, confidential consulting and low-cost training to small businesses across the state. Training sessions cover a range of business issues, including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investing funding opportunities and more.

Whether you have an idea for a new business, want to improve your existing business or would like to buy or sell a business in Pennsylvania, experienced business consultants are available to help you. Learn more here.
Mark Your Calendar for Future Events

Town Hall


Human Trafficking Community Workshop

Financial Relief Grants Available to Eligible Veterans

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is reminding veterans who may be facing an unexpected financial hardship that help is available.

The DMVA oversees the Veterans Temporary Assistance (VTA) program, which provides eligible Pennsylvania veterans and their beneficiaries with financial relief for life’s basic needs, including food, shelter, fuel and clothing.

Eligible veterans or their beneficiaries can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. Eligibility requirements include those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States (discharged under honorable conditions), died in service or killed in action, or suffered a service-connected disability.

For more information about the program’s criteria, eligibility and needed documentation, go to Veterans Temporary Assistance. To apply, eligible veterans should contact the county Veterans Affairs directors in the county in which they reside.
Celebrating Agriculture at Ag Progress Days

Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, the Commonwealth’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition, will be held next week, from Tuesday, Aug. 8, through Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, 2710 W. Pine Grove Road in Pennsylvania Furnace.

The event is hosted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and showcases educational programs, current research, and the latest innovations in agricultural equipment and technology. It features more than 400 exhibitors from the United States and Canada.

Both parking and admission are free. Learn more here.
Attention Farmers: Tax Credits Available to Support Water, Soil Quality Improvements

Pennsylvania farmers are encouraged to apply for a share of $13 million in tax credits available to support their efforts to improve soil health and water quality. The application period opens Monday, Aug. 7.

Tax credits through Pennsylvania's innovative conservation financing program, Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP), can be combined with other state funding to help pay for on-farm enhancements that protect the environment and boost farm sustainability.

Tax credits are available to agricultural producers who implement best management practices or purchase equipment to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, enhance soil health and improve the quality of Pennsylvania's waterways.

REAP applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Baseline eligibility includes compliance with the PA Clean Streams Law and the Pennsylvania Nutrient and Odor Management Law.

More information about REAP, including the 2023-24 application packet, program guidelines and sponsorship process, is available here.

The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 31. Funds may run out before the deadline.